With Tuesday night's victory, the New York Yankees have positioned themselves very well to make a full comeback over the Detroit Tigers in their ALDS series. With home field for the Thursday finale, and with arguably their best starting pitcher of late in Ivan Nova on the mound, it's not preposterous to start considering their chances should they surpass Detroit to face the Texas Rangers for the American League crown.
As we all know, the Yankees were ousted by the 2010 version of the Rangers in a six-game series. Despite winning two games the Yankees were never really in any position to threaten for the American League title, and it felt more like a sweep or at best a five game set considering how handily the Rangers dealt with the Yankees.
As they say, though, that was then and this is now. The 2011 versions of each of these teams are considerably different than the 2010 versions, and the path that each team took to enter the playoffs was decidedly different as well. As such, if these two teams meet up with the ALCS trophy on the line, we should see a much different series than a year ago. So much different, in fact, that the outcome will actually be reversed.
Here then, are five reasons why the Yankees will beat the Texas Rangers should they advance past Detroit.